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Just like people, dogs and cats can suffer from seasonal allergies. Airborne allergens can cause excessive itching and scratching, resulting in hair loss and raw, irritated skin. Here’s how to ease the itching:

Rub a dub dub: After your pet comes in from being outside, dip her paws in water to remove pollen and dust. During flare-ups, bathe her every three days with an all-natural moisturizing shampoo, says Kathryn Junkins Sarpong, D.V.M., a vet in Dallas. Try DERMagic Peppermint & Tea Tree Oil Shampoo ($18 for 16 ounces, dermagic.com).

Lotion up: After bathing, rub and essential oil (like tea tree oil) or lotion onto your pet’s skin to moisturize and prevent the absorption of allergens (be sure to work through fluffy pets’ fur).

Give fish oil: Omega-3 fatty acids help reduce inflammation in people and pets alike, says Sarpong. Fish oil in capsule form is fine—if your pet will swallow them—but emptying the capsules’ contents directly onto your pet’s food works, too. Talk to your vet about the right dosage.

Reprinted from KIWI Magazine

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